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Andrea Howell

Department Assistant

Biology & Chemistry

Office : Boyd Science Center 327

Tremendous Job Growth


Biochemistry is a booming career field and our students are prepared to take advantage of tremendous job growth in this intellectually challenging field.

With extensive research opportunities, hands-on learning experiences, and small class sizes that ensure personalized work with tenured faculty, Baker biochemistry majors graduate ready to take the world by storm.

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Exceptional Experience


Prepared for Medical School

Of those who apply, 87% of Baker students are accepted into medical school—more than twice the national average. During the past 10 years, 100% of Baker students who submitted veterinary, dental, or osteopathy school applications were accepted.

Original Research

Biochemistry students may partner with one of our faculty members to pursue an original research project. This is an outstanding opportunity for students to receive one-on-one attention with the professors they see in the classroom.

Graduate Study

Many of our biochemistry students pursue graduate work in fields such as biotechnology, genetics, and immunology. Baker grads often receive graduate scholarships to major research programs, including those at the Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Kansas.

Internships & Summer Shadowing

Baker’s faculty excels at placing students in full-time summer internships and facilitating opportunities for job shadowing.


The Department of Biology and Chemistry gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Biology
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Chemistry
  • Howard T. Bonnett Scholarship and Mrs. Ivan L. Boyd Memorial Scholarship
  • Margaret E. Scanlon Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • E.J. Cragoe Scholarship
  • Chemical Rubber Company Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award
  • Sonia Browning Endowed Scholarship
  • Doris Cink & Kathryn Zimney Endowed Scholarship
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Academic Recognition

  • Outstanding Senior in Biology
  • Outstanding Senior in Chemistry
  • Outstanding Junior in Biology
  • Outstanding Sophomore in Biology
  • Outstanding Freshman in Biology
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Exceptionally Prepared

Biochemistry majors are exceptionally prepared for careers in medical, science, and research fields. Students who have majored in the fundamental sciences at Baker have gone on to these careers:

  • Chief scientist at Oncimmune, which develops technology for early cancer detection\Forensic chemist for the FBI
  • Junior scientists in research labs and for the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Analysts in environmental chemistry and chemical synthesis
  • Medical doctors
  • Chemistry professors and teachers
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Biochemistry Course Descriptions

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Erin Morris
Professor of Biology, Chair of the Department of Biology & Chemistry
B.A. Drury University, Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia
Expertise: molecular plant genetics
Office: Boyd Science Center 228

Molly Anderson

Molly Anderson
Assistant Professor
B.S. Baker University, M.S. Johns Hopkins University
Expertise: chemical education
Office: Boyd Science Center 303

Michael BarbushDr. Michael Barbush
Professor of Chemistry, R. Milford White Chair in Chemistry
B.S. Baker University; M.A., Ph.D. Washington University
Expertise: organic chemistry, biochemistry
Office: Boyd Science Center 301

Dr. Jamin Perry
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Missouri Southern State University, Ph.D. University of Missouri at Columbia
Expertise: physical chemistry
Office: Boyd Science Center 302

Dr. Christa Hughes
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S. Truman State University, Ph.D. University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Expertise: molecular and cellular biology
Office: Boyd Science Center 230

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